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2010 Free Run Pinotage, Middelvlei Estate

The Pinotage grape is unique to South Africa and is derived from the noble Pinot Noir and Cinsaut (formerly called Hermitage) varieties.  The Mombergs are one of the foremost producers of Pinotage wines.

At Middelvlei, 24 ha. are devoted to Pinotage, planted at 3,704 vines per hectare.  The vines, grafted onto Richter 99 Rootstock, were planted in 1962, 1975 and 1996.  The vineyards face west and are situated at an altitude of 160m above sea level,  The vines, grown as bush vines, are severely pruned to inhibit their prolific growth.

The rainfall during the winter before the vintage, as well as the growing season (September - December) was slightly above average.  The annual rainfall was 820mm for the 2009/2010 season compared to the average annual rainfall of 700mm.

Harvesting took place in February 2010 during the day, at an average sugar level of 24° Balling.  The grapes were hand picked and placed in small baskets to prevent bruising.

In the cellar, using the dry yeast type WE372, the juice was fermented on the skins for four days in open cement tanks at 26°C.  It was raced off the skins at 6° Balling and then underwent secondary malolactic fermentation, which was completed in March 2010.

The wine was matured in second fill oak.

Appellation
Stellenbosch

Winemaker’s Comments
Our Pinotage is made exclusively from free-run juice, only juice naturally drained off the freshly crushed grapes is used.  The appearance is a deep ruby red with violet edges.  On the nose, you will find sweet raspberry aromas with mulberry undertones and elegant oak spices.  The palate shows a medium bodied wine packed with fruit flavours.

Rating and Award
This wine is rated 3-1/2 Stars by the world famous Platter’s South African Wine Guide.

Wine Analysis
Nature:  Dry red wine
Grapes:  100% Pinotage
Alcohol:  14.45%

Volume
750ml per bottle

 
 

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